Independent Pilsner is a German-style Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co. that balances peppery and floral hops with cracker malt.

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Independent Pilsner is a German-style Pilsner brewed by Coppertail Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.

What You Need to Know

Coppertail’s Independent Pilsner is a traditional German Pilsner brewed with top quality Pilsen-style malted barley, German Fantasia and TNT hops, and lots of flavor. It features subtle bready notes, a crisp hop character and a clean finish. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.


The Pils pours a relatively clear straw hue and is topped by a generous cap of dense, white foam that shows remarkable retention. Ample effervescence is observed rising in the glass.

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The aroma is bright with a scent of cracker, floral hops and a whiff of fruity esters.


The palate being with a neutral taste of cracker that transitions to a peppery and floral bite of hops. The mild bitterness lingers through the finish.

Label art for the Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.

Label art for the Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.


Its feel is smooth with a crisp, dry finish. The Pils has a medium body, high carbonation, and finishes with a mild astringency.


Doesn’t exhibit the clarity expected of the style, but otherwise, this brew receives high marks elsewhere. Head retention is excellent, the aroma is strong and pleasant. Its feel is spot on. Its palate is clean but perhaps its hoppy bitterness is a little rounded for a German Pils. Regardless, it tastes great. The Independent Pilsner is an easy-drinking and refreshing brew; a fine representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Coppertail recommends the following food pairings with their Independent Pilsner: cheeses of Havarti, Muenster, and Monterey Jack; mains of Bratwurst, Chicken Dishes, Grilled Salmon, Citrus Shrimp; and sweets of berry salad, and pound cake.

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